Maire is 'all woman' -- but she never had an interest in the high life
Published 01/05/2010 | 05:00
Before she puts her head on the pillow each night, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn pours her heart into her treasured diary. It's a habit she acquired as a young Galway girl with a lust for language and literature.
From the moment she stepped onto the election hustings of Connemara more than 40 years ago, a feisty, raven-haired teenager who caught the eye of every man, the chapters of her life have had all the ingredients of a gripping read.
The most compelling would include her stormy relationship with Charlie Haughey, her steamy foray into chick-lit, her shock exit from politics and how the politician once tipped to become the first female Taoiseach wound up as the most powerful Irish woman in Europe.